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Logistical Challenge for Teams in Bern

Teams to work from a remote pit lane during first Bern E-Prix later this month…

Construction of the Bern E-Prix track has started in earnest ahead of the second Swiss ABB FIA Formula E Championship race next weekend, with teams set to face a logistical challenge between the paddock and track.

The race will see a unique and undulating 1.7-mile track through the world heritage city which is also the federal city of Switzerland and the de facto capital.

The structure of the Bern E-Prix site will see the paddock area and the circuit itself separated by 800 meters.

This means that teams will have 20-minute windows to get cars and equipment to the pit lane along the Papiermuhlestraße which connects through to the paddock.

The procedure will be similar to the 2017 Montreal E-Prix when teams had to push their cars from pit to track.

As a result of the logistics, teams will run their cars from a ‘remote pit lane’.

During live track sessions there will be no access back to the paddock which will be located within the Bern Expo facility which has several halls which will host the media center and TV compound.

Pascal Derron, the CEO and Founder of Swiss E-Prix Operations AG, which organizes the event, says that the logistical planning for the teams has been completed.

“There have been challenges yes but the teams will have a clear run to the pits from where they are located so it should work very well,” Derron told e-racing365.

“Everything is going to plan and the circuit will look absolutely beautiful with some amazing backdrops.”

Derron also confirmed that good relations between the organizers and residents in the city were being maintained during the build phase of the operation.

“We take the residents’ concern very seriously and the communication has been good, yes,” explained Derron.

“We did three residential information events where we invited questions and we did a full newspaper coverage on information for access and the perimeters of the roads and traffic management, all the crucial points.”

Attack Zone Location

The Attack Zone area on the Bern track will be located just after the Turn 7 and 8 complex which feeds onto a short straight that heads back to the start-finish straight.

The positioning of the zone sees drivers peel off to the right-hand side of the track after the slow right-hand corner at T8.

The zone is initially planned to be positioned just before the ‘safety car lights off’ line.

The location is set to incur no real time loss for the drivers upon triggering the transponder loops on this occasion.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Ian Thomas

    June 14, 2019 at 10:04 am

    What happens if someone needs to return to the pits during the race?

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